Google responds to privacy concerns, kills Buzz autofollow feature
Another privacy concern was that Google Reader and Picasa accounts were automatically connected to Buzz. Not only was this a privacy concern, it was a spam issue. I have some friends who disconnected their Reader accounts from Buzz because they habitually share a huge number of items. That's cool in Reader, where people have already learned your habits and opted in to follow you. Not so cool in Buzz, especially when autofollows were in place.
All in all, this was a smart move on Google's part. Buzz is an interesting concept, and it could very easily have become tainted with privacy complaints and cries of Big Brother. Way to go, privacy watchdogs of the web, for calling for a change. Way to go, Google, for implementing it so quickly.
[via Gmail Blog]